Toulalan linked with Lyon return

AS understands that French outfit Lyon are planning to take Malaga midfielder Jeremy Toulalan back to the Stade Gerland.

Malaga signed the French international from Lyon last summer for €11m alongside a host of other expensive recruits.

However, the Costa del Sol club are now in financial turmoil after being put up for sale by Qatari owner Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani, with some players not having been paid and money owed for transfers.

French international Toulalan, 28, is understood to have met with Malaga officials earlier in the week alongside his representatives to discuss the delicate situation, where he was informed that the club’s desire is to keep him as he is considered a vital part of boss Manuel Pellegrini’s team.

Even so, Lyon will attempt to take advantage of a situation that has seen Los Blanquiazules forced to sell Santi Cazorla, Jose Salomon Rondon and Joris Mathijsen in the past two weeks.

Toulalan has a contract at La Rosaleda until June 2015 with a rescission clause of €30m, although so far there have been no concrete offers for a player Malaga believe is committed to the club despite its problems.

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